KISS is the debut art book from Los Angeles-based photographer Maggie West. The book features 20 pairs of people kissing each other under colorful, surreal lighting. KISS takes a unique, abstract approach to a subject that has depicted throughout centuries of art. By placing a universal activity in such a dreamlike setting, the book causes readers to reexamine the energy and intimacy taking place with each embrace. The book features a foreword by artist and journalist Hannah Stouffer.
PHOTOGRAPHY – Maggie West
Maggie West is a Los Angeles based photographer specializing in experimental lighting and post production techniques. Her dream-like photographs have been featured in acclaimed publications and sources worldwide.
KISS is available for purchase here.
Read the interview in Bullett Magazine here.
See more Faith and Filip here.
Fashion designer Christian Siriano revealed his Resort 2016 collection today, and much to our delight, Siriano says that the entire collection is directly inspired by 1960s Palm Springs and Peter Moruzzi’s book, Palm Springs Holiday. The collection is full of great pastels, prints and silhouettes that hint at the past without crossing over into kitsch. See below for the full lookbook (including the most darling hand-painted backdrop of pastel midcentury buildings and palm trees, plus vintage lawn chairs!).
In a city filled to the brim with legendary movie stars, reality celebrity lifestyles and major ad campaigns everywhere you look (and the men and women behind those campaigns casually picking out produce alongside you at Trader Joes), even the most confident gal can oftentimes feel the pressure to keep up in Los Angeles. The fact that it’s (pretty much) always summer here, too, further ads fuel to the fire; there’s no fleece and cashmere to hide behind. But one longtime makeup artist to the stars is revolutionizing how women perceive themselves with an empowering fitness movement that combines feel-good endorphins, bikinis and a whole ‘lotta girl power.
Anna Branson is changing the game with Barely Hiking, an idea that finally came to life a year ago in Malibu and is quickly gaining momentum in LA and across the country; Branson even has girls on the east coast hashtagging and joining in on the movement. The original idea behind Barely Hiking was this: a pack of girls walking into Runyon Canyon in nothing but hiking shoes and killer bikinis. With the help of supportive girlfriends and clients who immediately thought this was, well, a kickass idea, Barely Hiking had its first hike this year. The result? Amazing.
“Five minutes after walking into the gate at Runyon, all insecurities were gone,” remembers Branson, who initially wasn’t sure the reaction Barely Hiking would garner from fellow hikers. The support she received from girls—and guys!—alike, however, was overwhelmingly positive and free of any cat calling or side-eyed-sneers. “It was so empowering.”
Runyon Canyon is a 160-acre park is situated in the heart of Hollywood and jam-packed with patrons daily (among them Justin Bieber, Vanessa Hudgens and many a Kardashian), making it a prime location for her movement to gain a spotlight from the public eye—and to inspire and empower girls to be proud of their bodies, flaws and all, no matter what shape or size.
If the concept sounds intimidating, she makes an excellent point that venturing to a pool party or to the beach is equally as scary. These insecurities are something Branson hopes to change by having girls embrace the beauty of their bodies in a natural element, free of the pressures of what we like to call ‘celebreality’. We have to admit that if there’s anyone we can trust, it’s surely Branson herself- the go-to makeup artist for a star-studded roster of clients and Beauty Editor of Darling Magazine. To find out when the next hike is, check out @barelyhiking on Instagram. We’ll see you (and your favorite bikini) there.
California namesake brand PacSun has always been a favorite among the West Coast cool crowd. And with its recent rebranding and new-age, modern storefront on the world famous Third Street Promenade, the beach-ready brand continues to solidify its place as one of the raddest retailers in town. According to CEO Gary Schoenfeld, PacSun took two years to restructure the store and now considers this Santa Monica location a flagship. The newly redesigned storefront features an eye-catching 22-foot billboard created by LA artist Tyler Spangler and is just steps from the beach, making a bikini purchase even more tempting (but justified). Head on over to admire the views and shop favorites like RVCA, Hurley, and Gypsy Warrior, and who knows – you may even bump into Kendall and Kylie.
Shop the new PacSun here:
We see it happening all around us: weekend brunch is not complete without a myriad of iPhone pictures uploaded to Facebook showcasing an enviable Sunday spread; workday blues are brightened with awkward selfies sent from friends (and maybe a stranger) via Snapchat; and a gathering or soiree without an Instagram- for the ultra savvy, its very own hashtag- without which, well, did it even happen? Shudder.
It’s 2015 and whether we’d like to admit it or not, technology has seamlessly woven itself into every facet of our lives. From Ubering to work to ordering groceries via Instacart, millennials like us are more engrossed in the tech game than ever before.
Cue fashion e-comm, a sector of the tech industry that has skyrocketed in its ability to simplify the connection between runway styles and the retail sector set against an eye-popping $1.5 trillion global e-commerce market. Making an effort to leave your bed when you can shop the favorite styles right from your fingertips has long been the M.O. of online retail stores. Now, with the newest e-commerce revamps from fashion frontrunners like Net-a-Porter and Lucky Magazine, readers can shop looks from editorials instantly, taking the experience to a level that is now up to par with the on-demand theme of everyday life.
The most recent—and in our opinion, the most monumental—example of a brand’s conversion to the e-com route is none other than American Vogue, arguably the holy grail of fashion and all things chic. The iconic brand backed by legendary Editor in Chief Anna Wintour is seeing a huge change in their current sister site Style.com, the hub for fashion news and runway coverage that has been a go-to for industry insiders since its launch 15 years ago. This editorial coverage will now remain under the umbrella of American Vogue, with Style.com transforming into an e-commerce shopping site, voguerunway.com, where readers will be able to scan items straight from Vogue’s pages and shop them instantly.
The rebranding of this iconic namesake reminds us that as technology continues to advance, the rulebook will continue to change– especially in the fashion and modeling industries. Like most things, you have to keep up with the times in order to stay relevant. Just look down at your new Emoji keyboard for reference.
Resort fashion was taken to the next level quite literally at last night’s Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection show. Situated high above ground at the gorgeous Bob Hope Estate in Palm Springs, guests like the face of the brand Michelle Williams, besties Miranda Kerr and Selena Gomez and even Kanye West himself enjoyed the picturesque, hilltop views of mountains and palm trees.
Dream vacation setting aside, the clothes were pretty major. Designer Nicolas Ghesquière presented long, flowy A-line maxies with structured moto jackets that created the perfect equilibrium of California cool. Leather, suede and fringe details also contributed to the mixture of high-low style, as seen on our model Carly Moore.
After the show wrapped, the crowd ventured over to the Parker Hotel to munch on bites of West Coast staples like tacos and caviche in between claw games featuring Louis Vuitton purses as prizes (we’ll let that just sink in for a minute). All in all, this event seemed like the true California dream.
Want more? Watch the full show here.
California, here they come! Continuing along the western road recently paved by high fashion designers Burberry and Tom Ford, global luxury house Louis Vuitton is ditching Paris for Palm Springs, CA to host their Cruise 16 Resort Collection.
Palm Springs has long been a chic oasis only a two-hour escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles (It’s the Hamptons to our Manhattan). Now, with the arrival of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière and the rest of the LV squad, the global spotlight is finally cast on the modern desert town, solidifying its rise as a fashion capital.
Tonight’s invite-only show is rumored to draw an elite crowd of around 800-1000 to the historic Bob Hope House. This famous estate boasts futuristic, out-of-this-world vibes that are sure to be a foreshadowing of something major in store. And while the details of this much-anticipated event are understandably being kept on the DL, we anticipate that the results are going to be #epic.
Catch the action live here, and check back tomorrow for our recap of what’s sure to be nothing short of an amazing show. Because you know what they say: shoot for the moon (or, a house that looks like the moon).
“My pick is Selena Gomez. I think she looks so elegant and beautiful and the orchid headpiece is everything!
I would totally wear this look from head to toe.” – Taylor Hannum
“I love Imogen Poots’ look! It’s sexy, classic, fresh, and unique!” – Faith Picozzi
“For me it was a tie between Karolina Kurkova and Rosie Huntington Whiteley.
Karolina nailed the essence of the theme in a playful and traditional way,
but Rosie makes it look effortlessly classy in a dress that fits her perfectly.” – Cat Haave
“I thought Alexa Chung look amazing in her silk gown.
She matched the theme and her hair and makeup was simple yet stunning.
I’ve always loved the silk on a Chinese Kimono, so this dress was perfect! (and pink)” – Monica Ollander
“Lily Aldridge! I actually tweeted a picture of her last night and said “everything”.
Her dress is so classy and made it so fun by accessorizing it with the fish earrings and purse.
Love the dark burgundy lips too!” – Lyzy Adler
“I think Kate Hudson can do no wrong on the red carpet and once again last night she killed it!
The color and style made her stand out in the crowd and was on trend with the theme,
but all the while she stayed very true to her on personal style.
She is always the definition of elegant and chic.” – Paige Watkins
“This is so him. He never has to try too hard.” – Ashley Moore
If you seem to notice more fashionistas wearing denim than usual today, it’s not by coincidence: April 29th marks the 16th annual Denim Day, a campaign created by the feminist activist organization, Peace Over Violence (aka, the original girlbosses), headquartered right here in Los Angeles.
The inspiration behind the campaign came from a group of women wearing jeans to the steps of the Supreme Court following the appeal of a rape conviction in 1990. For those unfamiliar to the case, an 18-year old was picked up by her 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. But instead of learning the ins and outs of parallel parking and left hand turns, a beautiful young girl suddenly became the victim of sexual assault when her driving instructor took advantage of her. The story became even more appalling after the judge assigned to her case ultimately ruled against her, stating that since she was wearing tight jeans, she had to have been involved in removing them–thus leading to consensual sex. Denim Day was thus created in response to the outrage over this verdict and to draw much-needed attention to the fact that wearing tight jeans is not an invitation to sexual violence against women.
After bringing awareness to this particular case and uniting people in support of survivors everywhere, Denim Day LA soon caught wave and quickly expanded into a national movement: Denim Day USA. Its reach turned global last year after its exclusive partnership with GUESS, the iconic lifestyle brand famous for its trendsetting denim and noteworthy ad campaigns. As Denim Day’s Official Fashion Sponsor, GUESS spreads the message behind the campaign with storefront windows, social media posts and even in-store pledge books that invite shoppers to join the movement by signing their name and committing to wearing jeans on Denim Day.
Today, GUESS Headquarters in LA and NYC also hosted official press events at the company’s corporate headquarters to unite everyone from politicians like LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, fashion news outlets like Nylon Magazine and GUESS models like Charlotte McKinney together to raise awareness around violence issues. To show our support, we’re bringing you this stunning editorial from Tereza looking quite gorgeous in some Guess Jeans of her own. Girls rule.
Hair – Crosby Carter Management
Manicure – Pilar Lafargue